Thanks for Responding
As coaches, officials, and racer-athletes, we are remiss
in our appreciation for the contribution to ski racing made
by the full-timers and volunteers of the National Ski Patrol.
Significantly, they are the highly trained folks that the FIS
and USSA Rules of Racing refer to as First Responders
to incidents, accidents, and injuries as mandated in the
Medical Plan of the Race Organizing Committee (ROC).
We, blandly, take it for granted that patrollers have answered
the rooster’s crow at the crack of dawn to beat us to the
mountain. They are on an early-bird schedule to catch the
first ride up the lift, stow toboggans, set boundary banner
lines, and do a safety sweep of the piste to allow us access
to set up the race arena for the event.
Without the patrol people, lifties, and night-shift groomers,
we don’t get to put on a show on our alpine racing stages on
the Great White Way.
There’s no start or finish line for any race without the First
Responders, and I suggest that the race results package
includes both a written and verbal “Big Thanks” to them.
Coach Deanski Tonkin
In “U.S. Ski Team Racers Reunited in Honor of
Injury Recovery,” (Issue 1) the caption should have
identified Phil and Holly Mahre.
The USSA Annual Report included in Issue
2 lists Scott Macartney as the Alpine Athlete
Representative. Since May, Charles Christianson
has held that role.
“The Pressure is Off,” a website story, should
have clarified that Lindsey Vonn is the winningest
female alpine racer of all time.
National Ski Patrol